By Paul Quigg, columnist
Who says we have to have industrial solar in Page County? Where in the County Code does it say we have to have industrial solar? The Page County Comprehensive Plan, in one sentence, says we can have industrial solar, but there is no inference that it is required.
How have we spent these many years and funds trying to adopt something which very few want?
One request was approved and another rejected, and we have hired “experts” and rejected their findings and hired non-experts and listened to their findings. The entire four-year process has been a comedy of errors, and we continue to stumble along.
The Comprehensive Plan could easily be amended and say something to the effect that “It has been determined after a long and careful study that industrial solar is incompatible with Page County’s farming and tourism goals.” Other arguments could point out the soil, topography, zoning, National Park boundary, and other reasons for rejecting industrial solar. We have gotten into a state of mind that we have to have some form of a solar ordinance, and that is not the case.
The citizens of Page County seem to overwhelmingly reject the need for industrial solar, and there is no legal requirement that we do so. The State has put forth an aggressive push for solar, but that does not mean we have to force it into areas where it is not suitable.
Mr. Quigg, a University of Virginia graduate and resident of Luray, has practiced architecture in the Mid-Atlantic region since 1962. As a lifelong environmentalist, in the 70’s he was appalled at the polluted air and water and has dedicated much of his time since in studying and commenting on the environment. He has been published in the Washington Post, the Wall Street Journal and other publications.